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Chain Letters
Made in Manhattan during the worst early depths of the AIDS epidemic, this LA RONDE-style series of twosomes and threesomes never directly mentions that crisis. But the intricately interconnecting relationships glimpsed in mosaic-like shards here exist in a similarly embattled milieu, an urban war zone: war between the sexes (or…
Exterior Night
In EXTERIOR NIGHT, there is no past. There is no present. There is only the inevitable now. Using rear-screen process plates from classic Warner Bros. film noirs, a young man (in color) searches for his past through black-and-white scenes from classic Hollywood movies like "The Big Sleep," "Mildred Pierce," and…
Local Color
Although LOCAL COLOR is usually credited as being a minimalist film through its foregoing of complicated set design, director Mark Rappaport has intentionally conducted a feeling of excess in its textual elements. A shifting interior monologue among the cast of eight complicates our perspective of how this film is meant…
Mark Rappaport: The TV Spin-Off - The Films of Mark Rappaport
In this short film, Mark Rappaport begins musing on "the movies" and then quickly turns to the subject of "his movies" in this raffish introduction to his work up to the late-1970s. Hiding behind a beard, sunglasses and a fedora, he offers fleeting insight into his means (credit cards) and…
From the Journals of Jean Seberg - A Creative Biopic About Actress Jean Seberg
Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the viewer. Seberg's many marriages, as well as her film roles,…
Trans
Trans is an extraordinary documentary feature film about men and women... and all the variations in between. It is an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Here we will explore the Transgender Community,…
Mozart In Love
Mark Rappaport's second feature film (amongst a remarkable string of off-beat, experimental narratives that runs from CASUAL RELATIONS to CHAIN LETTERS) takes off from the deliberate anachronism of using modern props, performance styles and attitudes to evoke the romantic entanglements of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Rich La Bonte) with…
John Garfield - The Biography of an Iconic Actor
Mark Rappaport completed his concise portrait of the legendary John Garfield in 2002, comprised (like much of his filmed essays) from existing film footage of the actor. Exceptionally engaging, Rappaport's extraordinary short contains more insightful observations of its subject than many feature-length biographical documentaries
Max & James & Danielle... - Legendary Director Max Ophuls and his Actors
This film concerns legendary director Max Ophuls, and two of his favorite actors, James Mason, and Danielle Darrieux. Mason and Darrieux were each in several Ophuls projects but were never together in an Ophuls movie, although they should have been. What might that movie have been like? It's anybody's guess--…
Rock Hudson's Home Movies - The Life and Career of Actor Rock Hudson
A documentary about the career and eventual death from AIDS of actor Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson's Home Movies is a compilation of privileged moments from various Hudson vehicles that, in one way or another, confirm or deny (and thus serve to reconfirm) the actor's necessarily concealed homosexuality. "It was all…
Mur 19
Mark Rappaport's first film commences with Gerald Mur "studying the cinema" in the form of a blow-up glamor shot of Garbo. Then "the cinema" studies Gerald (from numerous angles) followed by a standoff as filmmaker and subject circle one another, dueling with cameras to determine who's watcher and who's watched.…
Compulsion
Awakening to the experience of his first romantic connection, Ian's trust in girlfriend Kelly is thrown into doubt by rumour. As his emotions swing between aggression and tenderness, he feels compelled to react. A study in the vicissitudes and intensity of love in adolescence. Best New Short Film - London…